The Future Church – Alan Hirsch

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Alan Hirsch kicks off Verge Network’s Future Church series by answering the question, “What is the future of the church in America?”

He says, “…perhaps best understood by phrasing it ‘what are the futures of the church in America today.’ There are elements of the church in America that are destine to fail and indeed I think need to. There are aspects of it that are deeply religious and damaging and distorting. And I’m hoping that Jesus is going to close their doors…I’m so excited, because I think there are elements of Christianity in America that are really engaging. What we call the missional church movement, I think is some of the best expression. People who take the Gospel seriously who are willing to take it out and share it in an engaging way, in a friendly way, a way that makes sense to people round about us. Jesus will sort out His church. There will be a future for the church in America and more than that I’m very hopeful actually that the future is good. The signs are good! I’m amazed.”

 

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About The Author

Alan Hirsch

Founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. Alan is also part of the leadership team of Christian Associates, a missional church planting agency with focus on Western Europe. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is a teacher and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. His popular book with Michael Frost The Shaping of Things to Come is widely considered to be a seminal text on mission. Alan’s recent book The Forgotten Ways, has quickly become a key reference for missional thinking, particularly as it relates to movements. His recent books include ReJesus, Right Here Right Now, On The Verge and his newest book called The Permanent Revolution. His experience in leadership includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized as well as heading up the Mission and Revitalization work of his denomination. Alan is and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the U.S.